Wednesday, April 24, 2013

2109 E Calle Alta Vista

This is not your typical Tucson rental.

I feel so lucky to have bought this sweet little house before the real estate boom. It's one of the smallest houses in an upscale neighborhood of well maintained brick ranch homes from the '50s. It's located on over one-quarter acre, with Connor Park on Glenn Street just beyond the back fence. Albertson's, Ace Hardware, Opa!, Lovin' Spoonful, Beyond Bread, Yoga Oasis, are all just blocks away. Walkscore.com calls it "Very Walkable: Most errands can be accomplished on foot".

Two bedrooms and one bath in 959 square feet. The floor plan is here. Unlike many Central Tucson houses, there are no ugly additions here. One car carport. Central air conditioning and gas heat. Gorgeous flagstone fireplace in the living room. Dining area open to the kitchen, which has refinished pine cabinets and dazzling Verde Tunis granite counters.
New black gas stove, refrigerator and dishwasher. Washer and gas dryer in the storage room.

New ceramic tile on all floors. New rich yellow interior paint.
To rent it, you need good credit and landlord references. No first time renters. No smoking, no pets. The rent will be $900. If you pay the rent before the first of the month, you can pay $885. The deposit is $900. Equal opportunity housing.

This property is rented through June 2016. I am the owner/agent and property manager.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Lost a Neighbor, Kept a Friend

I was disappointed when my neighbors Joe and Wayne told me they wanted to sell their house, but I'm glad I was able to help them. This is from Dr. Joseph Yukish, a trainer of teachers:

After waiting four years in the housing crisis for the house to sell, we decided to list again with Donna. She is the most amazing person and wonderful realtor. Her knowledge about the market helped us to create realistic expectations for the sale of our home, and it did, in fact, sell! Finally!!! Although Donna is not the one who found the buyer, she made the sale of our home possible by 1. Giving us suggestions about how to prepare it for the market. 2. Following up immediately with the realtor who brought a prospective buyer to look at our home. She would then give us feedback about what the buyer's impression of the home was, IMMEDIATELY! 3. Throughout the listing, she made us aware of the state of the housing market was in Tucson, allowing us to set realistic expectations for a selling price. 4. When we did get an acceptable offer, she orchestrated the proper submission of paperwork or duties we needed to complete to take the sale to closure. 5. The buyer wanted to make some renovations to our home, and Donna was excellent in setting up times for her contractor to come into the home allowing us to deal with taking care of Thumper and Lady Gray our pet cats. 6. And finally, she took us through the closing process in person, sitting by our side to answer questions and support us in the necessary procedures. I have bought and sold many homes in my life, and I place Donna Moulton at the "top of the heap" of realtors who worked with me. She is professional, competent, and very understanding of the angst and reactions homeowners have when selling their home. I was once told by a counselor that selling a home and moving is one of the top five stressors one must deal with in a lifetime. If you want to make selling your home possible, I can't promise it will be less stressful, but I can tell you this wonderful lady will be there to support and guide you through the ordeal. Hire her!!!!!!!